I would have to say that this is the best resort that I have ever stayed at. That is a difficult title to bestow, as so many different things factor into your total experience, but at Gili, everything came out tops! From the initial welcome at the island to our last few minutes at the airport, service was seamless. One thing that made our stay so amazing was our villa - the standard overwater bungalow at Gili. It was huge and beautifully laid out, and the decor blended into the surroundings, making our stay relaxing and enjoyable. I believe the villas at Gili are some of the largest over water bungalows in the Maldives - with a bedroom, living room, patio, rooftop terrace and huge open air bathroom. Superb snorkeling just off our patio - huge amounts of beautiful fish, giant clams, turtles, eels, manta rays - even sharks! We never wanted to leave our villa and had dinner there many nights. The food was awesome - so many different cuisines are available and they are all great due to their team of international chefs. Indian, Italian, Japanese, Thai food were all fantastic - rarely is one place able to provide such a wide array of cuisines and execute them all well. My husband and I are vegetarian and we were well catered to with many options - they were pretty much able to make anything we wanted! :-) The food & wine was actually not as expensive as we had feared - about the same as you would pay in NYC. The breakfast buffet is fantastic with so many options we never got bored, which is pretty rare for us. Spa was fantastic, but obviously not cheap. There is glass flooring below the massage tables so you can watch all the beautiful fish while getting a massage - I thought that was pretty cool! Complimentary morning yoga sessions were awesome - how great is it to do yoga on the beach as the sun rises - instructor was top notch too. Husband and I loved the fact that everything was luxurious, yet relaxed, and you were encouraged to follow the "no shoes, no news" mantra. The only drawback to such a resort is that we stayed here at the beginning of our 2 week vacation - everywhere else was such a letdown. I will be begging my husband to take me back here very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is a short 20 minute boat ride from Male, the capital of the Maldives. It is a tiny coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villas. The forty four stilted villas plus the vast Private Reserve are crafted in a traditional style from natural materials and offer rooftop and over-water sundecks, featuring open air bathrooms, sumptuous daybeds and a personal entertainment center. For ultimate privacy, we have seven Crusoe Residences that are only accessible by personal boat. Come ashore for some great dining and equally great wines or perhaps a romantic moonlit dinner delivered right to the villa. The possibilities are endless.The interior decoration has been devised to recreate a natural habitat, using sustainable woods, natural materials and traditional fabrics, whilst still offering all the modern day amenities and creature comforts of true luxury. At Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives we are very sensitive to the environment. The utmost care has been taken in developing the island with respect to its ecological balance. The Maldives is a paradise for snorkeling and diving and the resort has its own fully equipped PADI diving school plus a variety of water sports. This place tops the list of must-do destinations for those seeking the aquatic paradise. ... more less
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